November 1st: Summer Program applications get released!
Application Due Date
January 1st: Summer Program applications are due unless
extensions are given (look at the discord)
February 1st: Group interviews will be hosted for
March 17: Decisions for the IYNA Summer Program will be
The Youth Neuroscience Summer Program is an intensive, month-long
neuroscience summer program hosted by the International Youth
Neuroscience Association that teaches undergraduate introductory
neuroscience from a critical thinking and applications standpoint.
The program features lectures by esteemed professors and
researchers, recitation sessions with teaching assistants, and
application based assignments. A thorough description of the
program is given in the following video above.
Quotes from student experiences after being a part of the
Youth Neuroscience Summer Programs!
"My favorite part of the program was the culminating
capstone project. It allowed me to begin to explore
literature and start to understand research. The project
took much effort, but it was extremely rewarding to be
able to present my knowledge of research being done in the
field. Each part of the program was well thought out, and
I’m glad I spent part of my summer learning neuroscience
with Youth Neuroscience 2022."
Andrew MiYouth neuroscience 22'
"I loved Youth Neuroscience 2022 because of how
challenging but supportive it was. I had no previous
exposure or exploration when I first entered the course,
but the weekly TA sessions were such a huge help in
bonding with fellow students and learning the material on
a deeper level."
Youth neuroscience 22'
"My favorite part of the Youth Neuroscience program was
how there would always be so many unique lecturers from
around the world that helped to teach neuroscience topics
I had no idea about! The aspect of having new teachers
every single session was amazing to me."
Youth neuroscience 23'
Frequently Asked Questions
Q1: What is the application process?
A: The application for this program launches on November 1st and
is due January 1st. Students who have been selected for an
interview will be notified by February 1st. Select students will
be invited for an interview during the month of February. Notices
of acceptance or rejection will be sent out by March 17th.
Students must confirm participation in the program and submit
initial registration materials by April 1st (second round of
materials to be submitted later).
Q2: When is the program?
A: July 3rd - August 4th.
Q3: When will I be notified of the results?
A: See answer to “Q1: What is the application process?”.
Q4: Is there a cap on how many people will be accepted?
A: No. We also will not accept students who we don’t think are a
good fit, so regardless of if there are thousands of applications
or five applicants, your chances are the same, and your
competition is yourself.
Q5: What if English isn’t my native language?
A: This is okay, but please note that lectures WILL NOT be
translated, and recitations will be conducted in English. You are
required to participate in homework sessions, recitations, etc.
which will only be possible if your english is proficient. Your
interviewer will note if your English level is significantly
impairing peer-to-peer interaction, and this will likely result in
rejection, as this is a collaborative program. Thus, we recommend
only applying to this program if your spoken and written English
Q6: Who should I ask to write my letter of recommendation?
A: The recommendation requirement has been lifted, students are no
longer required to submit one.
Q7: Where can I find out more?
A: Visit our website at youthneuro.org or email with specific
questions. Questions that are answered clearly in this document
will be ignored.
Q8: If I participated last year, can I participate again?
A: Yes. We recommend all students start with neuroscience I since
Neuroscience II will rely heavily on skills gained for the
experimental neuroscience lectures of Neuroscience I. Students who
have completed the 2022 IYNA Summer Program may enroll in
Neuroscience I and II in tandem with a recommendation from their
2022 TA or Jacob Umans. Please refer your TA or Jacob Umans to the
recommendation requirements, as this is not a traditional
recommendation. Please note Jacob Umans is not required to write
you a recommendation but may be used as a last resort if you
absolutely cannot contact your previous TA. Khayla Black will not
write recommendations for any students, so please do not ask.
Q9: I am participating in a number of other summer activities.
Should I apply?
A: Each program is expected to take 20-25 hours a week. If you
choose to partake in this program, the IYNA is not responsible for
making sure you can study for other programs, manage your other
activities, etc. You will be expected to complete the requirements
regardless of what other programs you participate in. Please take
this into careful consideration and note that we will not pass
students who do not complete the requirements.
Q10: What are the prerequisites for this program?
A: Students who have a basic knowledge of high school cellular and
molecular biology, basic chemistry, and working knowledge of
mathematics should enroll in Neuroscience I. Students who have
experience in neuroscience at an advanced high school level or
elementary undergraduate level may choose to enroll in
Neuroscience II. If you are uncomfortable reading scientific
literature, it is recommended you enroll in Neuroscience I. Please
note, there is zero advantage you get by enrolling in a course
that is beyond your level. Our courses are intensive, and you are
not likely to gain anything from Neuroscience II if you are not
comfortable with topics in Neuroscience I. You do not need to be
an expert in mathematics, but basic skills with numbers are
necessary to do computations and approach scientific literature.
If you have completed high school level Algebra II, you should be
good to go.
Q11: What is the difference between Neuroscience I and
A: Neuroscience I focuses on the basics of neuroscience and
experimental research. Neuroscience II focuses on advanced
neuroscience topics and assumes a working knowledge of
experimental research. Students who have a basic knowledge of high
school cellular and molecular biology, basic chemistry, and
working knowledge of mathematics should enroll in Neuroscience I.
Students who have experience in neuroscience at an advanced high
school level or elementary undergraduate level may choose to
enroll in Neuroscience II. If you are uncomfortable reading
scientific literature, it is recommended you enroll in
Neuroscience I. Please note, there is zero advantage you get by
enrolling in a course that is beyond your level. Our courses are
intensive, and you are not likely to gain anything from
Neuroscience II if you are not comfortable with topics in
Neuroscience I. Students who wish to dually enroll are required to
complete an additional portion of the application. Please note
that each program is anticipated to take 20-25 hours a week,
meaning dual enrollment could take 40-50 hours a week. We only
recommend this for students who wish to dedicate the majority of
the month of July to this program, as you will not be able to
work, do internships, etc. while completing dual enrollment. For
the topics covered by Neuroscience I and Neuroscience II, see the
Youth Neuroscience Summer Program page.